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Insights Into Cancer – March 13, 2018

2018 Update on Stress and Cancer: Myths, Truths, and Opportunities

Presented by Steve Cole, PhD.

About the Lecture

How does stress affect cancer? And what can we do about it? This talk provides an update on what we have learned over the last decade in medical and laboratory research on stress and cancer. Some common ideas turn out to be myths (stress generally does NOT cause cancer). Others appear to be true (stress CAN make existing cancers more aggressive). Many stress effects on cancer are driven by fight-or-flight responses, active “defense programs” in the human genome that inadvertently promote the spread of cancer. The good news: several behavioral interventions and wellness practices have been shown to de-activate these genomic defense programs. Drugs once used for heart disease can block neural stress signaling to cancer cells and the immune system. Moreover, strong social networks and deep personal relationships play a key role in helping our bodies run well. At the end of this talk, you will be up-to-date on the physiological links between stress and cancer. And most importantly, you will know what YOU can do to help protect health in a world where stress is inevitable, but we have more choices than ever in how we respond to it.

In honor of Lori Newman, Simms/Mann Advisory Board Member-A Memorial Lecture supported by her Loving Family and Friends.

About the Speaker

Steven ColeSteve Cole is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine, and one of the world’s foremost experts on the molecular pathways through which social conditions, psychological processes, and the nervous system influence the human genome and cancer biology. His research on breast and ovarian cancer is supported by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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